Julie Lynn formed Mockingbird Pictures in the summer of 1999, with Bonnie Curtis joining in 2011.
Mockingbird has two films in post-production: Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield,” starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner, as well as Marti Noxon’s “To The Bone,” starring Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves.
Ms. Lynn’s eighth project with writer/director Rodrigo Garcia, “Last Days in the Desert,” stars Ewan McGregor, Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer and Tye Sheridan. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will open in the U.S. on May 13th, 2016 through Broad Green Pictures. The LA Film Festival is about to premiere Rob Spera’s “The Sweet Life,” with Chris Messina and Abigail Spencer in the lead roles.
In April 2015, IFC Films released Victor Levin’s “5 to 7” starring Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe, with Frank Langella and Glenn Close. In March 2014, IFC Films released “The Face of Love,” directed by Arie Posin, starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Jess Weixler, Amy Brenneman and Robin Williams. Just prior was the Roadside Attractions/Liddell Entertainment presentation of Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs,” written by Glenn Close, John Banville, and Gabriella Prekop from the short story by George Moore. The film stars Ms. Close, Mia Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Jane Eyre”), Janet McTeer, and Brendan Gleeson. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actress.
Other recent releases include Mr. Garcia’s “Mother and Child” for Sony Pictures Classics, starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits and Samuel L. Jackson; Mr. Garcia’s “Passengers” with Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson; Robin Swicord’s “The Jane Austen Book Club” with Maria Bello, Emily Blunt and Hugh Dancy; Brad Silberling’s “10 Items or Less” with Morgan Freeman; the Rodrigo Garcia/Jared Rappaport/Rob Spera triptych “Fathers and Sons;” and Mr. Garcia’s acclaimed “Nine Lives” with Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Sissy Spacek and Robin Wright.
Mockingbird Pictures films have played at many festivals, including Toronto, Sundance, Telluride, AFI, Tribeca, LAFF, Deauville (Grand Prize), San Sebastian (Closing Night) and Locarno (Grand Prize), and have been nominated for multiple Independent Spirit Awards and Academy Awards.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Lynn co-produced Steve James’s “Joe and Max,” as well as HBO’s presentation of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “WIT,” directed by Mike Nichols and starring Emma Thompson. That production won The Peabody, The Humanitas, The Christopher and three Emmy Awards, including “Best Picture.” Ms. Lynn also supervised the horse races on Gary Ross’s Academy Award-nominated “Seabiscuit” for Kennedy/Marshall, DreamWorks and Universal Pictures.
As time allows, Ms. Lynn serves as a story consultant for Pixar Animation Studios, on films including Pete Docter’s “Up,” as well as for the Film Commission of New South Wales. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Independent Committee of the Producer’s Guild of America
Ms. Lynn spent three years as Vice President for the Fresh Produce Company. Prior to that she was Creative Executive for Oscar-winning producer Mark Johnson. Before moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Lynn practiced law at the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her JD from the University of Virginia’s Law School and a BA from its College of Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Lynn is married to Douglas Smith, an author and professor of American History. They have two children, Zoe and Jack, and a dog named Oscar.